What’s Wrong with One More Saturday Shameless Self-Promotion?

Gotta love those.

Hey, it’s Rey.  The Boss is de-stressing . . . again (poor thing).  So I volunteered to post today.  Topic?  An easy one—I didn’t have to give it any thought—coz the Next Chapter folks sent a cool email the other day. WPpromoA

The publishing company is expanding their book marketing and joining up with Prolific Works, previously known as InstaFreebie.  How whizbang is that?  Very!  Because this allows readers to claim a FREE preview—not the whole thing, folks—of Next Chapter books.  (JJ, Linda and I’d love for you to take a look at our adventures!)

Good news for you.  They’ve provided links to The Boss’ book page, so you can take a gander (an expression Cousin Jilly and The Boss like to use).  A favor from yours truly:  please check out the Prolific Works giveaways by clicking on these links:

 The Connecticut Corpse Caper  https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/5qAjEzfK

 Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?  https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/K4tsH2TL

 Coco’s Nuts  https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/7HnIyUtj

 Forever Poi  https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/L9QLKnyk

Next Chapter’s super excited about this.  So are we!

Another Wonderful-Me Wednesday!

A bit big-headed, isn’t it?  Well, it’s all about shameless self-promotion . . . that I don’t partake of too often.

But today, I feel a need to bolster this flagging, ill body and soul <sniffle, snort, snuffle>.  This week, I received a five-star review on Goodreads for Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie?

And I’m feeling a need to share.

Hilo Hattie is the 2nd book in the series but the first case for the The Triple Threat Investigation Agency.

I listened to the audiobook of The Connecticut Corpse Caper, the first book in the series (my review is posted), and I really enjoyed getting acquainted with the three leading ladies. Each one has a different personality that becomes highlighted when they work together. I also appreciated the writing style of the author – witty banter along with vivid descriptions of settings and actions. All in all, an enjoyable “read”.

This second book is no exception. I love reading about strong, independent, smart women who also, importantly, possess a sense of humour. It is easy to get caught up with these three ladies and their investigations. The dialogue is fast paced and witty. I found myself laughing out loud several times and rereading certain passages just for the appreciation of the writing style.

I also love reading about Hawaii. I have always wanted to go, but the length and cost of the trip always deters me from booking a flight. However, the description of the various locales, the food and drink, and the way of life brings the islands to life for me.

I have ordered the third book in the series, Coco’s Nuts, and am looking forward to reading more about JJ, Rey, Linda, and, of course, Cash.

This truly made my day, week, month.  <LOL>

Thank you “timc” for an awesome review!

WPhappy

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Luau?

Linda was supposed to be on post patrol today, but she came down with a bug . . .  and had an “accident” all over my Prada bag.  Okay, faux Prada bag.  Either way, it wasn’t pretty.

In case ya haven’t guessed—hey, it’s Rey ya’ll.

JJ and I, and Linda if she’s better, are heading to a luau tomorrow, courtesy of Honey Konani, a friend we made during our Can-You-Hula-like-Hilo-Hattie case.  We’d helped find her son, Xavier.  He’d run away a number of times and was into crystal meth, the poor kid.  Fortunately, he got straightened out and is still on the straight and narrow—in great part to his love of surfing and a new girlfriend named Sunnie.

This family luau is going to be huge; they’re expecting 350 people!  That’s a heckuva luau.  And it promises to be a whole lotta fun.

For those not in the know (like me before I went Googling), a luau is a traditional Hawaiian gathering—a celebration that features entertainment, Hawaiian music and hula, and a ton of food.  Yummy delights include, but aren’t limited to: poi (mashed taro paste), poke (cubed ahi tuna, served raw and dressed with various sauces), lomi lomi salmon (a chilled, salty side dish of diced salmon), laulau (salty pork, chicken or fish wrapped in edible taro leaves on the inside and ti leaves on the outside) and haupia (coconut pudding, one of my favorites) and, of course, Kalua pig. WPlauaAB

Kalua pig—which is so delish (sorry my veggie friends)—is a traditional Hawaiian cooking technique which uses an imu, a sort of buried oven.  “Kālua”, as an FYI, actually means “to cook in an underground oven”.

Depending on where you look, luau means “feast” or “taro plant”.  The taro plant was part of a popular dish served during the great mega meal: chicken and taro-plant leaves were baked in coconut milk.  A luau was originally called ‘aha’aina, meaning “gathering meal”—aha for gathering and aina for meal—and brought together people to honor an important life event or accomplishment.

Prior to the 19th century, there were religious traditions related to the ‘aha’aina, which controlled the types of food eaten, who it was eaten with, and its symbolic meanings (like decency and strength).  Men and women didn’t eat together, and women and everyday people couldn’t eat specific exotic treats; this was only permitted by ancient Hawaiian chiefs and the King.

In 1819, King Kamehameha II ended the traditional practices and celebrated with a feast that allowed women to eat with the men.  . . . Over my shoulder, Linda mumbled something about this “demonstrating a dramatic shift in societal norms”.  Sure, whatever.  But it did give way to the modern-day luau.

As a fun fact, the largest luau took place in 1847 when Kamehameha III hosted a fab feast that featured the following:

271 pigs  /  482 poi-filled gourds  /  3,125 saltwater fish and 1,820 freshwater fish  /   2,245 coconuts  /  4,000 taro plants.

Now, that’s a lotta food.  Can you spell y-u-m?  (Think I’ll wear stretch pants for the festivity.)

Aloha!

Wonderful-Me Wednesday(s)!

It’s Linda on post patrol today.  Given “Shameless Self-Promotion Saturdays” is such a hit, I thought: why not have something similar mid-week?  The title, by the by, I can’t take credit for; it was Rey’s eager (insistent) contribution.

Given our illustrious leader is out and about today, the three of us—Rey, JJ, and myself—talked about what to focus on re “wonderful me”.  And who’d actually be “me”?   One of us or The Boss herself?  We flipped a coin, but lost it when it bounced over the balcony.

We opted on “me” representing all . . . the wonderful and increasingly successful Triple Threat Investigation Agency, our wonderfully challenging cases, and the weird and wired woman who puts everything in wonderful place (also known as The Boss).

Our fifth case is still being solved (we’ve got one heckuva villain), but the previous four are ready for reading, if you’re so inclined (we hope you are).  There are even two audio books—The Connecticut Corpse Caper and Can You Hula like Hilo Hattie?—which you may have missed reading about.  If you’re interested in hearing one or both, email The Boss and she’ll send you a code for a promo copy.

Here’s to a wonderful day from the wonderful trio at the wonderful Triple Threat Investigation Agency in very wonderful Hawaii.  (As my BFF might say, if you’re gonna promote something, go the whole hog.) WPwed3

Can You . . .

. . . Hula like Hilo Hattie?  I can!  Hey, it’s Rey.  Yeah, I posted on a couple of FB community pages, but thought I’d help The Boss out and post here, too.

We’re like so thrilled that Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?, the second book in our Triple Threat Investigation Agency series, is now available on Audible.

A quick summary for those not in the know (tsk) . . . we three rookie super sleuths accept our first professional P.I. gig: to uncover the “secret” of this elderly millionaire’s pretty young wife.  The problem?  Wifey’s found murdered on the shores of Oahu. And there’s a secret—one of a few, and our dead gal’s not the only one who’s got one.  As we fit the puzzle pieces together, we find a few more bodies.  Gotta tell ya, it’s a REAL trial finding the REAL killer, but we love every moment of it . . . and hope you do, too!

Below are Audible links to the samples:

US:
https://www.audible.com/pd/B07YY5LK54/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-167584&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_167584_rh_us

UK:
https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B07YY4S2N4/?source_code=AUKFrDlWS02231890H6-BK-ACX0-167584&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_167584_rh_uk

Please let The Boss know if you’re interested and she’ll happily provide a promo code.

Aloha!

WPhulanadadelazosDOTcom

Goodreads . . . Good Times . . . Good Friends

One of the best ways to get your books noticed is to have them on a Goodreads list (of which there are a few).

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The rules, I understand, are as follows:

♦  You cannot add or vote for your own book (makes sense). Someone else has to add it for you.    ♦  You must list the book you’re voting for on one of your shelves (“Read” or “Want to Read”).    ♦  You can vote for multiple books, as well as prioritize them.

I’ve come across many writers requesting votes for their masterworks so that they may move higher in ranking.  I get that and am more than happy to help by offering a vote or two or twenty.

Confession: me, myself and I have never done that (we’re challenged when it comes to self-promotion, but have always really wanted to give it a go).  WPgoodreads3

A dear blogger-writer friend, Jina S Bazzar added Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie—the 2nd in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series—on the Detective List.  How cool and sweet is that?  Thank you, Jina!

Journeys, a Facebook writing community, has “Shameless Saturday Promotion”  . . . I’m borrowing the idea and shamelessly promoting myself on this fine October Saturday.  Won’t you please vote for Hula by going to Goodreads?  I’m # 493.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/322.Detective_Fiction?page=7

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And please check out what Jina’s doing on her blog:

https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com/

She’s also the author of Heir of Ashes and Heir of Doom, which feature the feisty Roxanne Fosch, a young fee hybrid who escaped a government research facility after spending nine years as a captive.  I won’t reveal more.  You’ll have to read the exciting books to see what transpires!

Hula-ing to Happiness

The cover of Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?, the second Triple Threat Investigation Agency book, has a new cover.  I couldn’t be happier.  Well, okay, if I won the big lottery pot, I’d likely be a bit happier, but I’m still pretty delighted.  Thanks Creativia; you do great work!

It’s in keeping, and as eye-catching, as the others.  Simple yet inviting.

And what do the private eyes think about this one?  JJ’s loves the “bobble” hula dancer (she has one in her Jeep).  Linda, as always, believes the colors, font, and design are outstanding.  And Rey’s swaying with praise, which is delightful, given her initial response when told their “pretty P.I. faces” would no longer be featured (which we won’t repeat here, as it may make some people’s ears curl). WPhula2B

Now I have to commit to that promise of getting things rolling promo-wise (something rather intimidating, if not overwhelming, for this ol’ gal).  Wish me luck.  <LOL>

A Synopsis by Any Other Name

Thought I’d stick with the topic of synopses, given I intend to post the four revised ones for the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series.  Considering that the last post provided synopsis-writing pointers, there’s no need to repeat . . . at least not so soon.

So, playing around a bit, I came up with this:

S = Summarize

Y = Your

N = Notable

O = Outline

P = Plausibly

S = So

I = It

S = Sells

<LOL>  Some days, you just have to go with the flow . . . even if the river is running motionless. WPHulaSyn

Can you Hula Like Hilo Hattie, the sequel to The Connecticut Corpse Caper, finds the three amateur sleuths—Jill Jocasta (JJ), Rey, and Linda—serving as bona-fide detectives.  The owners of the newfound Triple Threat Investigation Agency even have a paying assignment courtesy of their first client, WP Howell: discover the secret of his young, pretty wife, Carmie.  Millions, and a much-desired divorce, rest on it.

What seems straightforward enough quickly becomes complicated when Carmie’s battered body is found in the sapphire waters of the Hawaiian Pacific.  It soon becomes evident that Carmie was not the only one with a secret, nor the only one to die an untimely death.  Who among a cast of curious, unconventional characters is tenacious (or crazy) enough to eliminate all living liabilities?

In the quest for answers, JJ, Rey and Linda encounter a plethora of suspects.  It appears many people had a dislike for, or held a grudge against the wealthy woman.

Their P.I. travels lead them along a few detours, where drug dealers and informants, treachery and blackmail, abound.  Benny Pohaku, working both sides of the drug-pushing fence, is young and brash, and his arrogance ticks off the wrong people.  Dealer Cash Layton Jones is as galling as he is attractive, and his habit of entering JJ’s condo uninvited results in a few heated encounters.  Carmie’s intriguing, if not odd, ‘tini friends serve as pieces to an expanding puzzle.  Jon Jonson, a currently down-and-out musician, has been blackballed by Carmie from playing the local music circuit.  Being unceremoniously dumped could serve as a motive for murder for Stacy Kapu, Carmie’s trainer and former lover.  Restaurant co-manager, Benoit Paillisson, had always had a hate-hate relationship with the rich young woman.

And there is certainly no love lost when it comes to hubby WP Howell.  What had Carmie known that might have proven detrimental?  Was it so damaging that it prompted the man to kill?  Young Salv Smith, a Trango gang member, had some sort of affiliation with Carmie, but what?  His mother, Lee, sports the same black widow tattoo—a gang badge—as her stepson.  How does she fit in? 

Gino Carpella, Carmie’s twin brother, is known to associate with questionable sorts.  It was even suggested that he had had his sister’s fiancé executed.  Has the rift in the twins’ once close-knit relationship played a part in Carmie’s death?  Or has one of Gino’s enemies retaliated by striking out at his closest family member?

While sleuthing, the women find the relations between people and happenings as clear as the contaminated waters of the Ala Wai Canal.  Fortunately, they possess perseverance—and receive occasional assistance.  Composed, thorough, and discerning Detective Gerald Ives works closely enough with JJ, Rey and Linda to provide guidance, but not so much as to have them tramp on his toes . . . too much.  A seasoned private investigator residing on Big Island, Petey May, serves invaluable to the women.  His P.I. experience helps in bringing new facts—and evidence—to light. 

As the body count increases and the suspect list decreases, the women determine the murderer’s identity, but need to prove it.  Resolve and help from pretty pink Tasers bring the evasive culprit, and cohort, to their knees.  Literally. 

While major incidents are explained, a few loose ends (and cannons) remain.  These are addressed, but not necessarily [yet] tied up, in the third novel, Coco’s Nuts.  JJ, Rey and Linda are budding detectives, after all, and they have lessons to learn and skills to hone.

Catch ya next week!

Grace & Gratitude

This past Sunday, James J Cudney IV (Jay) reviewed Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie, the second in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency mystery series.

As writers/bloggers, there are times when we wonder whether we should continue writing; it can prove a thankless (sale-less) profession, one gratifying only to ourselves.  So when someone writes a wonderful review of your book, the feeling is amaz-zing.  Yes, indeedy-do, it is all worth it.

I’ve been a follower of Jay’s for over a year now.  He’s a prolific and gifted blogger, author, and reviewer, and . . . I’ll state this again (and again) . . . a kind and encouraging person.

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Please visit his awesome site to see what he’s up to.  You may also be interested in reading his entertaining Braxton Campus mystery series or other fiction works.

https://thisismytruthnow.com/

Thanks again Jay!

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Book Review: Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie by Tyler Colins

POSTED ON FEBRUARY 23, 2019

Can you Hula Like Hilo Hattie? by Tyler Colins

Last year, I read the first book, The Connecticut Corpse Caper, in the Triple Threat Mystery series by Tyler Colins. Her second book, Can You Hula Luke Hilo Hattie?, is even better. Colins is one talented author who can weave a complex plot and help readers fully visualize a setting.

In this caper, our three heroines have formed a private eye agency in Hawaii. They’d solved the murders in the first book as regular citizens, so why not make it a full-time job? It was too much work in California or Connecticut to get their licenses, so Hawaii became the new home. Great idea! Fun backdrop. Hilarious characters. First, they need to bring home a runaway, hooked-on-ice teen. Second, they need to prove a man’s wife is cheating. Unfortunately, it isn’t your typical case, and when the wife turns up dead, the mystery is gonna be way more complex than our heroines thought.

Colins has created a bevy of intense and charming characters. I love ‘Cash’ who seems like a very cool dreamboat. Each time I got to know a new character, they end up getting killed off! Maybe it won’t happen this time…. but like in her first book, the body count keeps rising. It’s a fun way to keep readers on our toes. My favorite aspect of the author’s writing style is her descriptions, whether of people or settings. It’s way more than you’d normally see in a book, but it fits very well. I have a beautifully clear picture of who’s talking or moving about the book. I find myself drawn to the action, too, but it’s a very complex plot to keep focused on.

I also see strength in transitions between scenes. It’s rarely over-simplified or brash. It ends in the right place, and I roll into the next scene without worrying what happened in between. I also find the dialog to be rather strong… quick puns, not wordy, direct but full of imagery and thought. I can’t wait to see what third adventure the ladies find themselves embroiled in… no matter what the plot is, I’m sure it will create loads of fun and memories. Great job, Ms. Colins!

 

Thank you !!!

Yesterday was the last day of the Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie? book-blog tour (although it was a “didn’t happen”, but that’s fine).  What fun . . . and eye-opening.  I have some “must-dos” for January.  <LOL>

Thank you to all those amazing bloggers and reviewers who had the gals from the Triple Threat Investigation Agency trio (JJ, Rey, and Linda) and me drop by –  and a huge hug of gratitude to Jina S. Bazzar, who organized everything!

Thank you, thank you, thank you !!!